What are the best books about social psychology?

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    #1Buyology

    Buyology

    Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy is an investigative book written by Martin Lindstrom with a foreword from Paco Underhill. It was released in 2008. It is about the psychology behind consumerism.

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    Laura Webb
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I had to read this book for a social psychology class and I admit that I was excited to read it. Unfortunately it just didn't live up to the hype for me. I thought that the author wrote with a clear bias and it felt like there was more of a political slant in the writing than a psychological one, which was really disappointing. I wouldn't recommend it. "
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    #2Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a book by Malcolm Gladwell containing experts' views on how people think when they are making decisions and how it affects their everyday lives.

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    Arjun Rodrigues
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book changed my life. I never thought I would be able to change the way I think. To say I have a clearer sense of reality now is an understatement. The best $10 you will ever spend."
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    #3What's Behind Your Belly Button?

    What's Behind Your Belly Button?
    What's Behind Your Belly Button? is a book that tells about the psychology behind gut instinct and how it has a psychological intelligence of its own. The book was published on November 8th, 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.
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    #4Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini is a self-help book generally dealing with the art of making an influence and mastering persuasion. This book is perfect for every professional who wants something as a driving force to success.

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    Ann Holland
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I am a shy person. I know I needed to learn a bit of human persuasion to improve my chances of getting a promotion at my job. This book is incredible. Since reading it, I have been a bit more outspoken and I was recently given the lead on a new acquisition. I learned to be a firm but flexible negotiator. I am very happy with the outcome. I do not know much about psychology, but if it helps me, it can help you."
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    #5Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners

    Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners

    Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners is a book by This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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    Francisco del Ángel
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I am very interested in social psychology and I read every book I can find. The best book I have found is Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners, it was written by Sigmund Freud and you can get it for your Kindle. "
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    #6Discovering Your Personality Type

    Discovering Your Personality Type
    Discovering Your Personality Type: The Essential Introduction to the Enneagram, Revised and Expanded is written by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. This psychology book aims to expound on multi-dimensional Enneagram.
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    Thomas Nelson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a very great multi-dimensional book on the topic of personality. I learned so much about Enneagrams and how they relate to and expand upon personality. Overall, this was a great introduction towards one aspect of social psychology."
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    #7Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

    Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
    This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. Responding to the powerful myths and countermyths that had sprung up around Nietzsche, Kaufmann offered a patient, evenhanded account of his life and works, and of the uses and abuses to which subsequent generations had put his ideas.
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    Tejas Mehta
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Kaufmann presents a new look at the teaching of the famous philosopher. He takes many of Nietzsche's controversial teachings and puts them in a more evenhanded light. He also attempts to dispel many of the common myths associated with the philosophy. A very comprehensive look at this subject."
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    #8Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

    Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

    Psychology of Intelligence Analysis is a non-fiction book written by Richards J. Heuer Jr. This psychological book is published in 2005 by Novinka Books. 

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    #9Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions

    Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions
    This book provides updated information about the psychology and biology of human emotions. For years, it has been said that animal emotions are outside the scientific realm, but researchers are demonstrating that it can be analysed, and this book gives insight on the sources of both human and animal feelings and emotions.
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    Roger Duncan
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "We can get more knowledge about psychology and biology of human emotions by reading this book"
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    #10Alexandra: Last Tsarina

    Alexandra: Last Tsarina

    Alexandra: Last Tsarina is a historical account written by Carolly Erickson on the psychology of Alexandra Feodorovna, the last Tsarina. This biography is published in 2001 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Diana Su
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Tsarina Alexandra-hauntingly beautiful, melancholy, obsessed with the occult-was blamed by her contemporaries for the downfall of the Romanovs. But her true nature has eluded previous biographers. Using archival material unavailable before the fall of the Soviet Union, acclaimed historian Carolly Erickson's masterful study brings to life the full dimensions of the Empress's singular psychology: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to marry Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, Erickson has crafted an intimate and richly detailed portrait of an enigmatic historical figure. Unfolding against the turbulent backdrop of Russian history in the last decades before the Revolution of 1917, this engrossing biography draws the reader in to Alexandra's isolated, increasingly troubled interior world. In these pages, the tsarina ceases to be a remote historical figure and becomes a character who lives and breathes. Intimate, rich in detail, carefully researched and informed by a generous imagination, Erickson's page-turning account of Alexandra and her times is a gem of biographical storytelling, as vivid and hard to put down as an enthralling novel."
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    #11Authentic Happiness

    Authentic Happiness

    Authentic Happiness, by Martin Seligman, is one of the most important book of popular psychology ever!  In its pages, the author shows us the key to finding happiness: focusing on our strengths.



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    Douglas Cooper
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you're looking for a book on peoples' social behaviors, this may not be the right choice for you. But if you want a book about positive personal psychology, Authentic Happiness is a useful and important book. I found it helpful when I was going through a rough patch a few years ago. "
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    #12Brainfluence

    Brainfluence
    Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing by Roger Dooley is a non-fiction book on psychology. This text will enlighten readers how behavior research greatly affects the decision making of consumers.
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    Ryan Russell
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Nueromarketing? Brainfluence? I was hesitant to read this book at first, but too many people suggested I give it a go. I am so glad they were adamant about this, because this book has changed my small business in the most positive of ways. The chapters are easy to understand, and the practical information is outstanding. I use a lot of the techniques in my business today, and I know I am a better success story because of it."
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    #13Consciousness Explained

    Consciousness Explained

    Daniel C. Dennett's Consciousness Explained is a national bestseller and one of the New York Times Book Review's ten best books of 1991. The psychology book was published on February 7th, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company.

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    Ivy Cao
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is a great introduction for the layman to a complicated subject. I really love the author's writing style; it is easy to follow and not full of overly complex attempts to sound intellectual. He explains things in a way that is entertaining and engaging. Highly recommend this for students and the curious."
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    #14Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is written by American Psychiatric Association. Already on its 4th edition, this psychology book is published in 2000 by American Psychiatric Publishing.

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    Kathy Dean
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The DSM is the standard tool used in diagnosing and treating mental disorders; its concise descriptions are clear and understandable even by the nonspecialist. The Fourth Edition, shown here, has been superseded by the Fifth Edition; the changes are substantial in some areas, and the Fifth Edition should be used instead whenever possible. "
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    #15Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite

    Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite
    Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite is a book by Robert Kurzban. This is a psychological book that explains how our minds explain hypocrisy. It includes the study of impatience, impulsiveness, and other attitudes.


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    Maria Aguilar
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a must read for anyone interested in social psychology. I am taking a psychology course in college, and this book has really made me think differently."
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    #16The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

    The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

    The Psychopathology of Everyday Life is a non-fiction book written by Sigmund Freud wherein he examines the psychological basis for the forgetting of names and words and other errors. 

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    Janet Sims
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A readable Freud. It explains the origins of the term 'Freudian slip'. Just the thing to read when you're wondering if your memory is going."
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    #17Information and Society (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Information and Society (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Information and Society (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) is a social science reference book written by Michael Buckland. It was published March 3, 2017 by The MIT Press.

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    Bobby Turner
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a solid reference book in social psychology. Information and Society is a reference text written by Michael Buckland that I read for a social psych course. This book is a surprisingly easy read for a textbook - able to carry a reader's attention quite diligently and skillfully. I was surprised by how absorbed I was in what should be just a reference text!"
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    #18A Primer of Jungian Psychology (Mentor Series)

    A Primer of Jungian Psychology (Mentor Series)

    A Primer of Jungian Psychology (Mentor Series) is a Psychology, History, Science, Philosophy, Non-fiction Reference book written by Calvin S. Hall and Vernon J. Nordby.

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    Zhao Tang
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This Primer defines Jung's major psychological contributions in layman's terms. A very, "to the point" book. Deep content but worth the time and mental effort to explore. "
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    #19The Portable Jung (Portable Library)

    The Portable Jung (Portable Library)

    The Portable Jung (Portable Library) is a Psychology, Classics, Philosophy Non-fiction book written by C.G. Jung, edited by Joseph Campbell and translated by R.F.C. Hull.

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    Juan Gonzales
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I purchased the Portable Jung (Portable Library) when I was a Psychology major in college. It was required reading our freshman year and I didn't have much cash so this was a great option for me. I bought the paperback version and was extremely satisfied."
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    #20The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal

    The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal

    The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal is a non-fiction book written by Andrew T. Austin. It was published November 7, 2007 by Real People Press.

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    Ronald James
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Rainbow Machine: Tales from a Neurolinguist's Journal is a probably one of the best books about social psychology I've read in a long time. It's introduced me to some great concepts and taught me a few new things."
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    #21The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche

    The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche

    The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche by Robert L. Moore and Douglas Gilette is a psychological and philosophical book originally published in 1992 by the Exploration Press. This book explores the concept of masculinity.

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    Ronald Price
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a good book that explores masculinity. With the social climate of today's times, this is a book everyone should read. "
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